gimmelwald, swiss alps

Gimmelwald, Swiss Alps
PLACE: Gimmelwald
LOCATION: Swiss Alps, Switzerland
NOTORIOUS: Mountain Village
NEAREST AIRPORT: GVA, Geneva International Airport (5 hour train)
COORDINATES: 46.533333 N, 7.883333 E
CURRENCY: Swiss Franc

Ahhh, the Swiss Alps. Still never managed to get out this way but these pictures remind me why that is a massive mistake. This little town of Gimmelwald seems like the quaintest little village in the Swiss Bernese Highlands. The nearest chain grocery store, sports, and souvenir shops are in Murren, so pack wisely.

Apparently, all you’ll need once you arrive is your legs. The huge, sheer cliff face across the valley from Gimmelwald is known as the Schwarzmönch (Black Monk) so be sure to pack your hiking shoes. Pass by Esther’s Guesthouse for a guide to the many trails in the area.

Gimmelwald, Swiss Alps
gimmelwald, switzerland

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brienz, switzerland

Brienz and Planalp, Switzerland
PLACE: Brienz
LOCATION:  Caton of Bern, Switzerland
NOTORIOUS: Romantic Mountain Town
NEAREST AIRPORT: BRN, Berne Airport (Train Rides Away)
COORDINATES: 46.7167° N, 7.9667° E
CURRENCY: Swiss Franc

In this little, romantic village town of Brienz, resting next to the turquoise Lake Brienz, there is a place called the Brunngasse which has been awarded the most beautiful street in Europe. Brienz can be reached by a 30 minute rail journey from Interlaken Ost – all the Luzern trains stop at Brienz. The houses on this street have delightful wooden carvings that date from the 18th century. This town is commonly known as the “village of carving” because of its long history of carpentry and wood processing – to this day there is still a school for carving and violin making in town.

Other than the street, how about the lake and mountains? I mean come on! Could you ask for a better romantic get away (hint hint, darling). At the top of the Brienzer Rothorn (2350 metres above sea level) there is a wonderful panorama view – accessible by way of the only rack-railway in Switzerland which is regularly powered by steam (think Harry Potter as this seems to be a theme this evening).

Brienz, Switzerland

Axalp (1535 Metres), Brienz, Switzerland - Photograph by M. De Battista

Brienz, Switzerland

Ever been? Where am I going to stay? Help!